Carmen Gray has been a teacher in Austin, Texas, for over 25 years. She is a Native Texan, her mother’s ancestors reaching back to France, Spain, Portugal and Native tribes of South Texas and Northern Mexico. Her mother has done extensive genealogical research on the Perez Family Orchestra, a famous family band that began in Goliad, Texas, with Encarnación Perez, Carmen’s great, great grandfather. The story goes that he swam in the Rio Grande while playing the violin, that’s how talented he was! Texas is a big place, with big stories.
In addition to teaching 4th grade math to inquisitive 9 and 10 year old students, Carmen is an artist, poet and crafts fiction, employing elements of the supernatural and magical realism. Her Mexican-American heritage and work with English Language Learners is reflected in the characters of her stories.
You can find one of her published stories, Mother’s Day, in The Venom Vault under Prose at The Naga online nagareview.wordpress.com/…/20/mothers-day
Her first published short story, Daniel’s Dilemma, is included in this edition of Road Kill Volume I: Texas Horror by Texas Writers.
Her latest published short fiction piece, The Smoke’s Gotta Go Somewhere, is in the fall 2019 edition of Road Kill Volume IV: Texas Horror by Texas Writers
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